Saturday, May 09, 2009
Yesterday was to be a joyous day. Celebrating my 33rd birthday, home with Jill and Cooper, parents in town and things looked good. But then the news broke on MTBR.com and I just couldn't get it out of my mind.
I'd met Anthony and ridden with him some, but I didn't know him well or as well as I wanted to. I felt a real connection with him, as did most people who met him. A guy who loved to ride bikes, always traveling with Grendel his faithful black lab companion. Perhaps it was our shared love of black labs, singletrack, photography and riding bikes (specifically Yetis) that made this news so hard for me to take. Truth be told a lot of the reason I ended up on a team turquoise Yeti 575 is that Anthony always made that bike and color look so mystical in his photos. When I moved to Colorado, I spent hours and hours combing his website plotting my next trail I would ride.
His photography, stories and travel are legendary. When I would see an AnthonyS post in the Passion forum on MTBR.com, I'd stop whatever I was doing to read it and be amazed at how he could tell a story with pictures and words.
I wish I had more chances to ride with Anthony, but when I'm out in the high country of CO I'll be sure to give a nod to Anthony.
Browse through his website, the pictures are magical and I'd bet that you emerge at least a little changed by it all.
Posted by Joel White at 5/09/2009 09:51:00 AM